Uzbekistan Bans Children From Mosques On Eid

Uzbekistan Bans Children From Mosques On Eid by EurasiaNet

A EurasiaNet Partner Post from: RFE/RL

TASHKENT — Uzbekistan’s government has banned people under the age of 18 from attending regular Friday Prayers or special prayer services at mosques across the country, including the Eid celebrations on September 24 that mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The order, issued by Uzbekistan’s Education Ministry on September 23, warns parents they will face a fine of about $750 –- equal to 15 months’ salary at the country’s minimum wage –- if their children are caught by the authorities inside a mosque during prayer services.

Einhorn’s FOF Re-positions Portfolio, Makes New Seed Investment In Year Marked By “Speculative Exuberance”

david einhorn, reading, valuewalk, internet, investment research, Greenlight Capital, hedge funds, Greenlight Masters, famous hedge fund owners, big value investors, websites, books, reading financials, investment analysis, shortselling, investment conferences, shorting, short biasIt has not just been rough year for David Einhorn's own fund. Einhorn's Greenlight Masters fund of hedge funds was down 3% net for the first half of 2020, matching the S&P 500's return for those six months. In his August letter to investors, which was reviewed by ValueWalk, the Greenlight Masters team noted that Read More

It also warns imams at mosques not to allow anyone under the age of 18 into prayer services.

The Uzbek government frequently expresses concerns about the threat posed by Islamic extremists amid increasing Islamic sentiments in the country.

Ubaidullo Azimov, a local official in Tashkent, told RFE/RL that the government’s position was that “children’s brains should not be distracted” from school studies by religion.

He said the government thinks children should only learn what is taught at school, and that religious studies should take place only after students have finished their high-school studies.

A decree issued by President Islam Karimov on August 18 declared that September 24 is a public holiday in Uzbekistan so that Muslims can celebrate Eid. It makes no specific reference to any ban on children in mosques.

Karimov’s decree also congratulates the country’s Muslims on the holiday.

This year’s Eid celebrations come at the height of Uzbekistan’s two-month cotton harvest.

Despite the public holiday, all university students and employees at state institutions were required to work on September 24 to harvest cotton — including medical specialists, teachers, and workers at state-owned firms.

Editor’s note: Copyright (c) 2015. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.